Morning classes can be rough, especially for people who are not used to getting up early. The night owls will particularly be hit hard when it comes to rising up and out of bed before the sun is even in the sky. Yet, if you are enrolled in a morning class, it is important that you make an honest effort to get up each morning on time and be in your seat before the professor arrives.
The first couple of minutes of class are important and not something to be missed. Many professors use that time to take attendance, answer questions, and make important announcements about project due dates, class trips, or examination rescheduling. You do not want to miss the announcement that a quiz has been cancelled just because you hit the snooze button one too many times, do you? For these reasons, it is important that you make it to class on time so that you do not miss a thing.
One of the easiest things that you can do to ensure that you wake up on time is to get enough sleep the night before. This means that you will have to stop staying up late watching television. A full night’s sleep, which is seven to eight hours, is essential for healthy cognitive function. With enough sleep under your belt, you will be more energetic, alert, and focused, which are all good things to be when you’re trying to analyze the symbolism in British literature. To determine when you should go to sleep, factor in how long you take to get ready in the morning and how long your commute to class typically takes. For example, if you take half an hour to get ready and your commute takes ten minutes, set your alarm to go off approximately 40 minutes before your class begins. Then, subtract seven hours from when you wake up. The resulting time is when you should go to sleep. This will ensure that you not only get enough sleep, but also wake up with ample time to get ready in the mornings.
Multiple alarms are a good way to ensure that you wake up on time as well. Set one alarm by your bed and another further away. The one by your bed should ring first to jolt you out of slumber. The one further away from your bed should ring about five minutes later. By placing it further away and out of your grasp, you will be forced to get up to turn it off, which will make going through the motions of getting ready much easier.